Egderyders are in Nepal. A community of people who lead alternative lives and seek for not-so-obvious solutions to emerging social, political, economical problems wants to bring together like-minded people from this fascinating place on Earth and see how you guys are creating resilient futures here in Asia.

After the earthquakes in Nepal the starting point for this discussion became obvious. We came right on time to see impressively motivated and active society, with very strong links leading to the most remote places forgotten about politicians and big organisations. Many lives were saved by those heroic but unrecognized efforts, many houses and shelters have been built for them in the same way, and their fields will crop thanks to their voluntary work at this very critical point.

After a month of hard work, it is about time to sit and talk/write about your experiences. About your motivations, about your opinions, about the tough and beautiful moments of these difficult weeks behind. We would love to meet you and discuss both the challenges and opportunities for Nepal at this very point of political instability, economical problems and huge social potential, which could be mobilised to create citizen-driven solutions to these issues. We believe each of you is an expert in this domain in some way. This is why we invite you to join the platform and share your thoughts, discuss, bring friends over, meet new people from all over the world and use this common space to generate ideas and spark actions that will contribute to a better future.

Just sign up to the edgeryders.eu website, then come back here and click “Create a post” below to tell us about you and your work. You can also join any of the discussions that are already happening below!

Content usage. By contributing to the dialogue on edgeryders.eu, you agree that others can freely use and remix your content. They do not have to ask for permission in each case, but they have to credit you as the original author. This agreement is shown in more detail here: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported licence. Also see our Legals page.

Questions? You have questions about the project or want to be involved organizing? Check out the project's coordination space, or write to the team: natalia@edgeryders.eu and matthias@edgeryders.eu.

Photo credit. Shinya Ichihoe on flickr.com

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Swekshya, young doctor from Nepal, improves access to health care among women

SwekshyaSwekshya Neupane was the first winner of the Youth Times International Movement Global Forum. Her project was simple and necessary. As a young doctor, Swekshya joined a medical team that opened health camps in villages within the Kathmandu Valley. That is when she was struck by the lack of information and education on the very basics of hygiene and care women had.

Youth Global Forum: youth rebuilds Nepal

Bibek and NatashaBibek is a natural entertainer and he easily became the center of the youth event - talkative, funny, energetic, kind of restless. I can imagine that all of these features, combined with passion and drive for change, made his little crazy project such a success in his hometown in Lamjung in Nepal.

Fifty-Eight New Business Ideas for Nepal

As a side effect of our time in Nepal for the Future Makers Nepal project funded by UNDP Nepal, I had a lot of opportunity to observe how business is done and, especially, where business is not done but could perhaps be done. Means, a lot of business ideas came to my mind. Some will be crazy, some will be worthless, but some will fit. Since I don't know which is which, I have to leave it to people who are experts in Nepal's business environment to sort them. I'll just drop my whole list of ideas here, and you can do whatever you want with it.

Aarambha - video and memories from the conference

It took a while to go through all the materials recorded during our last event, but our fantastic photographer and movie-maker, Kshitiz, did fabulous job picking quotes, ideas, moments, pictures of you. It feels both like a wonderful trip back in time, but also in space - as Matt and I have already landed back in Europe, predictable, clean and not even a bit as charming as Nepal.

Thanks to everyone who has ever been part of FMN - hopefully the story will resume shortly.

And for now, enjoy Aarambha The Movie ;)

Open Call for art residency in Jitpur Phedi, Nepal

So I just talked to Anuka Lomidze from @Ahuahu_Foundation (she participated in Spot The Future event in Tbilisi in 2014) and she told me about this great project her husband Koka Vashakidze is involved in Nepal and I couldn't help but post it since Anuka does not have access to her PC and asked me to do it in her place. @Matthias @Nadia @Alberto please spread the word in your networks!

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Swekshya, young doctor from Nepal, improves access to health care among women

SwekshyaSwekshya Neupane was the first winner of the Youth Times International Movement Global Forum. Her project was simple and necessary. As a young doctor, Swekshya joined a medical team that opened health camps in villages within the Kathmandu Valley. That is when she was struck by the lack of information and education on the very basics of hygiene and care women had.

Youth Global Forum: youth rebuilds Nepal

Bibek and NatashaBibek is a natural entertainer and he easily became the center of the youth event - talkative, funny, energetic, kind of restless. I can imagine that all of these features, combined with passion and drive for change, made his little crazy project such a success in his hometown in Lamjung in Nepal.

Fifty-Eight New Business Ideas for Nepal

As a side effect of our time in Nepal for the Future Makers Nepal project funded by UNDP Nepal, I had a lot of opportunity to observe how business is done and, especially, where business is not done but could perhaps be done. Means, a lot of business ideas came to my mind. Some will be crazy, some will be worthless, but some will fit. Since I don't know which is which, I have to leave it to people who are experts in Nepal's business environment to sort them. I'll just drop my whole list of ideas here, and you can do whatever you want with it.

Aarambha - video and memories from the conference

It took a while to go through all the materials recorded during our last event, but our fantastic photographer and movie-maker, Kshitiz, did fabulous job picking quotes, ideas, moments, pictures of you. It feels both like a wonderful trip back in time, but also in space - as Matt and I have already landed back in Europe, predictable, clean and not even a bit as charming as Nepal.

Thanks to everyone who has ever been part of FMN - hopefully the story will resume shortly.

And for now, enjoy Aarambha The Movie ;)

Open Call for art residency in Jitpur Phedi, Nepal

So I just talked to Anuka Lomidze from @Ahuahu_Foundation (she participated in Spot The Future event in Tbilisi in 2014) and she told me about this great project her husband Koka Vashakidze is involved in Nepal and I couldn't help but post it since Anuka does not have access to her PC and asked me to do it in her place. @Matthias @Nadia @Alberto please spread the word in your networks!

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Announcing the Winners of the Aaba Hamro Paalo Challenge

It's been an exciting week - we were constantly getting email notifications. That normally seems like a good reason to get away and never check your inbox again, but this time it felt different. Me and Matthias, who works at the same table, would shout out loud the titles once they appeared on the platform, and rush reading what new, inspiring stuff you prepared for us. 23 pieces, that means quite some great ideas, that means quite some moments of amazement and surprise.

Redefining overused terms for better leadership #FMC

Organizing ourselves isn’t much of a hard work. If you’re already thinking about it, you probably are on your way to doing it. Motivating others to do the same however, is a completely different challenge. Merely a better government or a better law is a demand passed through many generations that most definitely is inadequate right now. Even the need of a “quality” education is a platitude; students are scoring higher every new year. So what is it that we lack?

Satellite communications in Nepal

For some friends' efforts to help people in earthquake-affected areas in Nepal, we need recommendations for satellite communication equipment. Here's a wiki to collect it. Welcome to contribute by comment or editing (you just need to register for a free account on this platform before).

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Meet the Future Makers Nepal Team

Meet the team of Edgeryders who work for the Future Makers Nepal dialogue space!

These nice people help UNDP Nepal to find out what we can learn from the citizen responses to the earthquakes in Nepal (and to its other challenges).

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